Coming Home From Australia and New Zealand

IMG_4698I’ve started this post on the eve before I fly home to Canada from New Zealand. I’ve spent three months in Australia and one in New Zealand and while I’m excited to head home to my car, my family and my bed, I’m sad this trip is coming to an end.Having only driven and flown to a few place in North America previous to this trip, I didn’t have much experience in overseas extended travel. I was about as green as they come when I landed in Sydney four months ago. Scared, excited and completely unaware of all the intricacies of travel, it took a while to figure everything out and become comfortable with it. Luckily I had arranged to meet a friend in Sydney when I got there so I wasn’t totally alone. After that I hadn’t  planned anything.I’m normally someone who likes to have things planned. It makes everything smoother and puts my mind at ease when I know 3 days from now where I’ll be and what I’m doing. I’m also very lazy. I don’t like to plan much because it is work. It requires reading, emailing, money and time. After reading so much on ditching the guide books and just do what comes up, I decided to give it a shot. I was in Australia and New Zealand during the winter, or low season, and I wasn’t too worried about booking.My last minute plans were only disrupted a few times. The vast majority of the time I rocked up to whatever town I could find along the way and went with whatever happened. I don’t recommend this way if you are on a tight schedule or absolutely have to stay at a certain place or do a particular activity but for me it worked well.Instead of driving around New Zealand like I did Australia, I switched it up a bit. I booked the best “hop on, hop off” bus I could find in New Zealand, the Magic Bus. What resulted was a very different trip than in Australia but one that I’m very fond of. Thinking back now, I had a better time in New Zealand because of the adventures and people I met on the bus.Back at home, I still second guess myself on which way I should look when crossing traffic. I highly recommend driving when there are other people on the road so you can follow them.If anyone has any questions or comments about the trip, please let me know in the comments down below!

9 thoughts on “Coming Home From Australia and New Zealand”

  1. Sounds like you had a good time. I am jealous I didn’t experience everything you did, but I had glorious time too.I would love to have you write a guest post at LifeExcursion about your excursion. I was thinking a list post around the premise of ‘Top 10 Places to Run Amuck in Aussie/NZ’ or anything like that. I would love to share your view of Aussie and NZ as my view has already been shared on LE.Get back to me,,,,and have a safe flight back…DaveLifeExcursion

  2. It’s tough to do everything when you are travelling. There are always compromises. I had a fantastic time on my trip but there are still things that I would love to go back and do. I’ve started a to do list for the next time.I’m already back actually 🙂 I would love to do a guest post.

  3. Hi! Which Magic tour did you do? I’m in NZ at the moment, finishing up my 1-yr work visa in Christchurch. When it’s all said and done, I’ll be spending 5 weeks tiki-touring about the North Island and still looking for ways to fill the time. I’m a solitary traveller by nature, but am really tempted to do one of the hop-on/hop-off bus trips to get out of my usual habits for a while.

  4. I was very happy with the Magic Bus tour I did. It was the Spirit of New Zealand pass that went all over both islands and included Milford Sound and the Bay of Islands. If you’re short on time or you don’t want to see all those things you can get a shorter one.I highly recommend a pass with the Bay of Islands on it or getting that extra. It was my favorite part of the North Island. Don’t forget to Zorb in Rotorua, it’s the only place you can do it!

  5. I loved Milford Sound, was one of the best places Ive been to here so far! Am planning on spending at least a week in Bay of Islands, but hadnt thought about Zorbing. Did you do the wet or dry one?

  6. I couldn’t do the dry one as it was broken at the time so the wet one was all we got. It was so much fun though. They put a bunch of warm water and you tumble down the hill. I did the zig zag track instead of the straight one and it was well worth it. I wish I had done it twice but there was a bus full of people waiting.

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